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    The Beverly Hills Psychiatrist

    More a skit than a play, the American premiere of this play by Cornelius Schnauber, translated by John Howard and Anne Adams, is exactly what you hoped for, given the play's title.

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    Is He Dead?

    Once you get past the fact that this "new" 1898 play by Mark Twain is receiving its West Coast premiere 111 years after it was written, its tale of the European art scene circa the mid-19th century is quite strikingly contemporary.

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    Collected Stories

    Donald Margulies' two-hander applies the dynamic seen in 'All About Eve' to the literary world—in this case legendary short-story author Ruth Steiner (Kandis Chappell) and young up-and-comer Lisa Morrison (Melanie Lora).

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    Eve's Rapture

    It's difficult to tell where, exactly, the playwright wants to take us in 'Eve's Rapture'. For the most part it feels uncomfortably like stylish Christian doctrine.

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    Carved in Stone

    This loony, crazy quilt of a play by late gay playwright Jeffrey Hartgraves is set in a strange sort of limbo where a group of gay writers and icons have taken up residence.

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    Ineffable

    They pull the entire audience onstage for a group photo, they pratfall, they execute stylized choreography to witty musical choices, and yet the show is over too soon.

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    Steal Away: The Living History of Harriet Tubman

    The play unfolds Tubman's memories, sweetly showing that there are good and bad people no matter our race or gender. But Balian's direction lacks an imagination.

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    Love & Sex in the Earth's Spin Cycle

    One of the keys to successful dating, explains writer-performer Lambeth Sterling, is to look for "the less fucked."

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    1776

    Opening less than a week past Independence Day, this powerful revisit to Sherman Edwards' stirring historical musical provides a perfect celebration of the patriotic holiday.